Thanks to NetGalley I had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of The Glimpse, a good dystopian book even if it has some flaws. Unlike some other Thanks to NetGalley I had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of The Glimpse, a good dystopian book even if it has some flaws. Unlike some other readers, I didn't found this book offensive or politically incorrect, I simply don't think that The Glimpse point to judge people with mental illnes at all. Talking about mental problems is not easy, and there's the possibility to hurt people's sensibilty, but looking at The Glimpse like a book that want to impart some kind of lesson about the need to be "perfect" or sane, it's totally wrong. Matter of fact, this is a story about the importance of being unique, even if that means to be marked as a freak or a crazy person.
The Glimpse is a book about self-acceptance and segregation, a book that explores the undying conflict between what's right and what's wrong. This novel give us a picture of a disturbing future world, where mental illness is used to manipulate and segregate people, where even a laugh too loud can mark you as insane. Of course Merle didn't wanted to offend anyone sensibility by writing this novel, and the message that The Glimpse want to send is strong and powerful. In a society where being normal is the only way to survive, how can you be yourself? How can you to resist to do the right thing?
By reading The Glimpse you'll find yourself immediately drawn in a future version of London, where people is divided in two distinct sections: the Pures and the Crazies. A DNA test can decide your future and change your destiny forever. Seventeen year old Ana Barber, the main character, is the daughter of the man who invented this test, and of course, she lives safe inside the Pure Community. But when the truth about her came out, everything changes. The test said that she is not a Pure but a Sleeper. She is destined to develope a mental illness and, when this will happen, she will be throwed away from the community and sent among the Crazies.
Her only chance to remain in the Community is Jasper Taurell, the boy she loves and to whom she has been promised to. Jasper seems determined to be with Ana, despite her mental instability. That's the reason why, when he disappear, Ana's world falls into small pieces of desperation and fear. From Jasper's abduction, Ana will challenge everything she has believed in, to find the boy she love and rescue him. But she's just a spoiled girl from the Community and nothing has prepared her to what she will find in the City, where crazies live. Love, betrayal and a lot of terrible truths will tear her hart apart, changing her life forever.
Merle's writing is mesmerizing and intriguing, strong and very descriptive. It draws you in an horrible series of heartbreaking events. From the biginning to the end, the twists of the plot leave you breathless. The truth that's hiding behind the Pure test is shocking and difficult to digest. Unfortunately the story is a little confused and too fast, especially in the first part of the book, but then everything starts to make sense and you find out that it is impossible to stop reading The Glimpse. ...more